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ServerWatch: The Fee vs. Free Divide

Jan 27, 2006, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"To some people, the whole open source business model seems premised on a near-ancient riddle: How do you make money if you're giving stuff away for free? In reality, no mysticism is involved.

"Ideally, the open source vendor builds an installed user base through free distribution of core products and then sells complementary value-added features and services built on these services. For potential customers, this raises the interesting product acquisition choice of whether to go free or pay a fee for additional features or services..."

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